5 Things You Need To STOP Doing In Order To Become More Productive

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We all know the tips and tricks to do in order to become more productive. Unfortunately, no one ever tells us what not to do if you want to be more productive. We often mistake ‘being busy’ for ‘being productive’ and of course you can be both, but being busy does not necessarily mean that you are productive as well. Here are 5 things I try to stop doing in order to become more productive and hopefully this will be helpful for you as well :) .

 

1. Working long hours 

Working long hours does not mean you get more work done. You need to make sure that you work effectively in the hours you work. We can only work effectively for certain hours, so having a 16 hours work day doesn’t mean your get more work done than in a 8 hours work day. Focus on working effectively in the hours that you work and not on working a lot of hours in order to get things done.

2. Saying ‘yes’ to everyone

This one is probably the most difficult one for me. Saying ‘yes’ to everyone is also what will kill your productivity. It is always better to do a few tasks very well than taking up a lot of tasks and not being able to deliver in the end. With fewer tasks, you will be able to focus fully on these tasks while you are working and keep everything organized.

3. Being a perfectionist

Being hung up on details will consume your precious time. Instead of focussing on the small things during your work, leave them till the end. If you have some time left at the end of your day, you can always go back and finish off these details.

4. Not taking breaks

Guilty! Not taking breaks is what will kill your productivity. We can only focus and concentrate for a certain time and after that you will become less productive. So schedule in breaks or me-time, put your work away, relax, eat or go for a walk. We need breaks during our work in order to stay productive.

5. Trying to do everything by yourself

It is okay to ask for help if you need it. Most people have a problem with this one and don’t want to ask others to help them. Some see it as weakness and others just don’t want to bother other people. But everyone can use a little help from time to time, and there is nothing wrong with that.

 

Do you have any other things that we need to stop doing in order to become more productive? 

  • I am absolutely guilty of saying yes to everything (and never taking breaks as a result)! I always get super motivated and pumped, and I end up saying yes to way too many things before I realize I actually don’t have that kind of time. One other thing I would add is that I need to stop thinking that I will remember the little things that pop into my head. Without fail, I will always forget!

    xx Katie

  • I do all those things but i’m improving every day, specially on saying “no”. I think it’s one of the most important things to learn and also to be gentle with yourself. Don’t be so hard on yourself! xx

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  • OMG This is honestly too true. I’m admittedly guilty of all of this haha (especially saying yes to everybody) Sometimes you think you’re productive because you fill up your time but you really aren’t.

  • I can relate to this on so many levels! There’s always that little project you’ve been working on that you want to make completely perfect – it’s utter best – and you know, you really need to let it be, but that temptation to make it absolutely perfection can be pretty hard to resist!

    Having an idea of what you want to accomplish in a day or a week can be helpful too – but broken down into reasonable and achievable chunks. It’ll give you more sense of direction of what needs to be done (:

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  • Agreed! I have such a problem with wanting to do everything myself because I’m a control freak.. which turns into long hours and being completely burnt out. Thanks for bringing it to light :)

    xx, Mel
    http://melinspired.com

  • I couldn’t agree more, these are all really great tips! :)

  • I couldn’t agree more, but it’s so hard!!!
    Sometimes if you don’t do things yourself, things won’t get done, or worse…they will but they will be poorly made.
    I think its one of this things that once you try them you realize that they are actually good for you but it will take you forever to take the first step haha
    great tips!

    Jules.- http://thekiwidiaries.com

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  • #2 and #5 are very typical for me. I hate saying ‘no’ to people. I love making people happy and being able to balance everything. I’m also horrible at asking for help, but that’s because of #3. I’m a HUGE perfectionist. If I want something done right, I believe I have to do it myself.

  • I completely agree with learning to say no, that’s something I still have trouble with. Not saying yes all the time can really improve your life, it’s just so hard to do at times!

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  • Thanks so much for the reminder. I especially get caught up on 1 and 5. It is so easy to become distracted by a mountain of small tasks that are huge time fillers but that really aren’t that important. I also can sometimes have a hard time asking for help or even recognizing when I am in over my head.

  • Great post, I totally need to be more productive and saying yes to everyone is something I’m totally guilty of!

    Lorna | http://www.studsanddreams.com xx

  • I can’t agree more with all those points. One other thing to avoid to be more productive is stop looking at instagram at every minute.

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  • Guilty with #3! I always say to not to be so OC but still can’t help it. I guess I should try harder. :D
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  • Needed this!
    I am so guilty of a bunch of these!

    Veronica
    http://thethingthatsings.blogspot.com

  • YES! Thank you so much for posting. I totally agree but being a perfectionist is definitely my biggest problem.
    xo Laura

    http://www.xoxolaurabelle.wordpress.com

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